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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old brewing magazines
« on: October 24, 2016, 04:59:01 AM »
I have a box of 15 year old BYO magazines. I will probably give them away to a new homebrewer. Even though they are a bit dated, the recipes are still sound in my opinion. In fact, I still brew the same recipes. I guess I am old school/stubborn old fart.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: October 01, 2016, 05:00:11 AM »
I live in Canada and I think it is just the opposite. Our economy isn't that great at the moment and everything is expensive, especially beer. Good craft beer goes for around $14.00 a six pack, mega s*** for around $11. I brew to save money and the savings are incredible compared to store bought. There is so much beginner equipment out there to get you started, so what's stopping you? Even if you happen to have a job and are busy working, you can make great beer on a simple system which I bought in 1980 and still use in my kitchen occasionally.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: August 01, 2016, 08:10:42 AM »
I have always wondered about oxidation when adding gelatin to my kegs, but I just add it as slowly as I can. I purge it right away with C02 though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: You might just be a homebrewer if...
« on: April 21, 2016, 04:28:56 AM »
When you walk around Home Depot, most of the things you see may be handy in the brewery.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: March 26, 2016, 04:40:21 AM »
Must be nice to get fresh yeast. I can only buy yeast online and the freshest one I ever got was 3 weeks old. That was once in 10 years. The average time is at least 60 days and I received one that was over 90 days old. I guess living in Canada is the reason. White Labs should build a lab in Toronto.

I set my alarm at 4 am. I try to get the mash going before my wife gets up at 5:30 to go to work. After that, time means nothing. Never brew on a weekend though.

Since I brew a lot of Pilsners, I do get a lot of info to make better lagers from the German site. I did read some of the arguments, but didn't get involved. They take their brewing seriously for sure.

I bought my 14 g conical in 2005. I rarely use carboys anymore. Re-using yeast is easy and quick. I like using C02 to transfer to my kegs too. I use a thermowell in a stopper, so sampling is a little difficult but not impossible. All in all, my best investment I have ever made.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: experiences with mauribrew 514?
« on: February 27, 2016, 04:06:43 AM »
Yes. The last time I used it my FG was 1.020. I too bought a brick and tossed it. That was 10 years ago, so I assume nothing has changed?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Buying gain in bulk (Sack)
« on: February 08, 2016, 04:34:53 AM »
Our local malting company closed down. United Canada Malt. The rail service stopped and trucking is too expensive.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Buying gain in bulk (Sack)
« on: February 05, 2016, 05:00:54 AM »
Is there a local or maybe not so local homebrew club near you? Some do a group buys of grains once or twice a year.

All Grain Brewing / Re: personal experience with old malt
« on: February 03, 2016, 04:59:04 AM »
I have 3 bags of Weyermann Bohemian Pils malt dated best before Oct. 15/2015. It is still fine. My basement isn't that cool in the summer and I was kind of worried how it would affect my beer. I did buy a few bags too many in our group buy, but everything seems to be fine as far as I can tell. I should invest in some of those gamma pails.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: diacetyl in lagers
« on: February 03, 2016, 04:53:30 AM »
I brew a lot of Pilsners and diacetyl is not acceptable at all. I have had a few lagers from Craft breweries here in Ontario that had diacetyl. I do get it the odd time, but mostly it is absent. Diacetyl from professional breweries? Unacceptable. I do use the Brylosophy method when I make lagers and it seems to work for me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Not clear beer
« on: January 27, 2016, 04:26:13 AM »
I have 4 brew sessions planned weekly starting this Friday. This time of year it is cool enough to ferment on my bench in the basement.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kolsch glass source (stang)
« on: January 15, 2016, 05:51:15 AM »
I am from Canada and can't seem to find the tray that holds Kolsch glasses at a reasonable price. I think it is called a Kranz?

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